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Alongside grand architectural buildings such as the Royal Palace and the Arcade du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is home to fries, chocolate and of course, super-strong beer. While it’s not the cheapest city in Europe, there are plenty of reasonably-priced places to stay.
The Ibis Brussels Centre Châtelain is a chic hotel with a modern vibe. The rooms at this establishment are on the smaller side, making this an ideal stay for solo travellers. Offering a laundry service and tour and ticket assistance, the hotel also provides breakfast for an extra fee. You’ll have several attractions on your doorstep, such as the European Parliament building, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Musical Instrument Museum. After a long day of exploring the city, finish off with a Belgian beer in the bar.
Hotel de Fierlant is a comfortable, modern hotel in central Brussels. This homely accommodation has 40 rooms, with options ranging from a twin and double room to a standard apartment with two bedrooms. With a breakfast buffet included in the price, travelling families will particularly enjoy this hotel as it also provides cribs for small children and welcomes pets. Take a short walk to Porte de Hal and Notre Dame de la Chapelle, a 12th-century Catholic church that is still active.
The aptly named Vintage Hotel has a retro feel and lies in the heart of Brussels, a mere five-minute walk from both the Louise and Hôtel des Monnaies stations. The 38 rooms here include those with multiple bedrooms, which are perfect for families, plus an Airstream caravan in the garden. After a long day exploring, sit down in the bar with a glass of wine – carefully selected by award-winning sommelier, Tim.
For a reasonably priced stay in the heart of Brussels, book the Meininger Hotel. It features bright and spacious rooms, including twins, doubles and family suites, plus a 10-person dorm. For an extra fee, pets are allowed to stay. This hotel also offers bike rentals – perfect if you want to explore the city like a local. If biking is not for you, the Comte de Flandre station is a short walk away.
The tranquil, Japanese-inspired Yadoya Hotel sits within the city centre of Brussels. Chic rooms (that wouldn’t look out of place at interior shop Muji) offer super-fast wifi and complimentary toiletries. Breakfast is available in the form of a buffet or off an à la carte menu. Transportation is on your doorstep, with the Yser station nearby. Also, you are a quick 20-minute walk from the Royal Palace of Brussels and Brussels Park.
Whitney Wasko contributed additional reporting to this article.